Posts from May 2018

Never Alone

For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” —Hebrews 13:5   It would have been easy for the Hebrew teenagers Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to think that God may have forgotten about them. The king had given a decree that everyone should fall down and worship a golden image he…

Interrupted Fellowship

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? —Matthew 27:46   The loud, sorrowful cry pierced the dark afternoon air. I imagine it drowning out the sound of mourning from friends and loved ones gathered at Jesus’s feet. It must have overwhelmed the moans of the dying criminals who flanked Jesus on both sides.…

God’s Cloak of Love

Love always protects! (1 Corinthians 13:6-7  ). We hide; God seeks. We bring sin; He brings a sacrifice. We try figs; He brings the robe of righteousness. And we are left to sing the song of the prophet, “He has covered me with clothes of salvation and wrapped me with a coat of goodness, like…

What Happens When We Love God Fully

“‘And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment.” —Mark 12:30   If you really are a follower of Jesus Christ and living as you ought to, there will be certain people who don’t…

Even If

The God we serve is able to deliver us from [the fire] . . . . But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods.—Daniel 3:17-18   Sometimes life deals us a tremendous blow. Other times the miraculous happens. Three young men, captives in…

Free to Follow

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.—Matthew 11:29   My high school cross-country coach once advised me before a race, “Don’t try to be in the lead. The leaders almost always burn out too quickly.” Instead, he…

God at Work

May he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ.—Hebrews 13:21   “How have you seen God at work lately?” I asked some friends. One replied, “I see Him at work as I read the Scriptures each morning; I see Him at work as He helps me face each new day; I…

True Humility

True humility is not thinking lowly of yourself but thinking accurately of yourself! When Paul writes “consider others better than yourselves” he uses a verb that means to calculate or to reckon (Philippians 2:3   NIV). It implies a conscious judgment resting on carefully weighed facts. To consider others better than yourself then is, not…

Do You Have Life or Religion?

In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. John 1:4   One Sunday, I had an interesting conversation with a man who was visiting our church.  He was very excited about the service.  He said to me, “This church is not like my church.  This church is alive.  This church just…

Persevering with Peace

I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me.—Psalm 3:5   As I continue trusting God through my struggles with chronic pain, even the simplest setback can feel like a fierce enemy attacker. Problem One jabs me from the right. Problem Two shoves me from behind. Problem Three punches me square…